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Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid A Smartphone

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:04 -0500

It's a question most parents will wrestle with at some point — when is the right time to give my child a smartphone? Let's tick through a few other questions first.

Young Men, Frequent Drivers Most Likely To Get Distracted While Driving

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:47:00 -0500

Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:28:59 -0500

Internet freedom declined again in the past year and "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in 18 countries' elections — including the U.S., according to an annual report.

India Declares War On Unsafe Selfies

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:37:00 -0500

India's authorities have a message to share for all takers of selfies: Stay away from wild animals, cliffs, crashing surf and monsoon floods. Is anyone listening?

Security Firm Says Extremely Creepy Mask Cracks iPhone X's Face ID

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:26:00 -0500

A video shows the Vietnam-based Bkav apparently bypassing the feature. Apple has touted the function as secure since it was unveiled in September.

Instagram Crowds May Be Ruining Nature

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:31:08 -0500

When a particularly scenic shot gains traction on Instagram, visitors flood in. Travel photographer Brent Knepper tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro that can lead to permanent changes in the landscape.

Texas Gunman's Locked Cellphone Renews Debate Over Encryption

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:34:00 -0500

The FBI is blaming its inability to unlock the cellphone of the Texas shooter on the tech industry's encryption standard. But some experts say if the FBI had acted more quickly, it would have access.

Once An Underground Currency, Bitcoin Emerges As 'A New Way To Track Information'

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:22:57 -0500

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Digital Gold author Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network.

A Request From The Pope: Lift Up Your Hearts, Put Down Your Phones

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:39:00 -0500

"It pains me greatly, when I celebrate Mass here in the square or in the basilica, to see so many cellphones raised," said the pontiff. He noted that priests and bishops do it, too.

Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:34:00 -0500

Students in this "Living Deliberately"' class embrace asceticism and challenge stereotypes of college kids who can't put down their cellphones, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

As Amazon Looks To Unlock Your Door, Taking Stock Of Meaning Of Privacy

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:28:00 -0500

Amazon is rolling out "Key," a WiFi-connected camera linked to a smart door lock to allow package delivery inside your home. Privacy experts say Key will tell us a lot about our trust in corporations.

Caught Up In Anti-Putin Arrests, Pokemon Go Players Sent To Pokey

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:07:00 -0500

A group of Pokémon Go players in Moscow were caught in a police dragnet amid a crackdown on anti-Putin protesters. They say they were just playing a game, but Russian authorities aren't listening.

First Amendment Advocates Charge Trump Can't Block Critics On Twitter

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:54:00 -0500

Some First Amendment advocates joined a suit against the president for blocking people from his Twitter account — and they are making a novel argument about the right to communicate in a digital age.

Social Media Companies Can Block Foreign Interference With Technology It Already Has

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:43:00 -0400

Social media platforms had to answer to Congress for the part it played in Russian influence in the 2016 elections. Dartmouth computer science professor Hany Farid talks about the tools Facebook, Twitter and Google can use to stop foreign interference in the future.

Skip To 'The Good Part' Of Romance Audiobooks

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:13:00 -0400

For people who love a good romance novel, getting to the steamy moments just got a little easier.